Chicken Pandan Recipe: How You Can Make This Savory Asian Dish at Home

Chicken Pandan

Chicken pandan is a dish which roots trace back to the Southeast Asian nation of Thailand. It is prepared by seasoning a variety of chopped chicken pieces such as the wings, breasts, and drumstick. The pieces are then wrapped in pandan leaves and deep-fried until golden brown. Other people opt to cook the chicken through grilling and baking.

You might be wondering what’s so special about pandan. The tropical plant grows in abundance all over Southeast Asia, making it a popular flavor enhancer in Thai, Chinese, Indonesian, and Filipino cuisines. In the Philippines alone, pandan is used to make cake rolls, ice cream, and salads. It is also used to add a flavorful aroma to rice.

Easy Chicken Pandan Recipe for the Whole Family

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Chicken in Pandan Leaves

The chicken pandan recipe you are about to read leans more on satisfying Filipino taste buds. So expect lesser spices than its Thai counterparts. Don’t worry, you’ll still get that sweet and savory taste chicken pandan is best known for. The key to getting the right flavor lies in the marinade, so you are best off marinating the chicken overnight.


6 pieces of chicken (wings, small chicken drumsticks, and sliced boneless chicken breasts)
6 pieces fresh or frozen pandan leaves

For seasoning

2 tablespoons of fish sauce
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2–3 minced cloves of garlic
1 piece of ginger, minced
1 tablespoon lemon or calamansi juice
2 cups cooking oil


  1. Combine the soy sauce, fish sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, ground black pepper, garlic, ginger, and lemon juice in a bowl.
  2. Prepare the chicken pieces and place them in the mixture. Allow the chicken to absorb the marinade for 3 hours to overnight. Should you decide to marinate overnight, make sure you cover the bowl and refrigerate.
  3. Take the chicken out then wrap it with the pandan leaves. Use a long leaf of pandan and start wrapping the chicken until it is completely covered. To secure in place, you can either tie a knot or use a toothpick.
  4. Heat the cooking pot and pour in the cooking oil.
  5. Start deep-frying the chicken until the color turns golden brown.
  6. Turn off the heat and carefully transfer the chicken to the serving plate.
  7. Make sure to serve hot.

A sweet and salty sesame dipping sauce is often served with chicken pandan. It is a simple mix of dark and light soy sauce with toasted sesame seeds. The taste of the sesame perfectly complements the subtle flavor of chicken pandan.

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